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Housing and health for whānau Māori

Improving Māori housing is a vital part of improving Māori health; however, little has been written about the relationship between the lived experience of Māori in their existing and historic homes and whānau wellness.

There has been much talk of the current “crisis” in Māori housing, and health has been part of the political and health landscape for well over a century, yet the same problems are being discussed and the hoped-for gains are yet to be realised.

Amber Logan’s talk presents the main findings of her PhD research which addresses these issues. She explores the relationship between whānau ora for whānau Māori and housing and what is behind the significant and persistent disparities between Māori and non-Māori. She will discuss the historical influences on homes and communities that have shaped Māori housing as it is today, a concept of the health-promoting home for whānau Māori based on contemporary Māori experiences of the home and its relationship with health, utilising te ao Māori as its conceptual foundation.

Cheryl Davies will give an overview of He Tipu Manahau, a papakāinga housing project, a partnership between Wainuiomata marae, Kāinga Ora and He Kāinga Oranga to create a sustainable eco-housing development based around the marae to provide warm and healthy homes for the local community. It will incorporate a smart renewable energy microgrid to supply affordable power to residents.

About the speakers

Dr Amber Logan

Dr Amber Logan (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a mother of five and a registered psychologist with broad health sector experience. She was raised by her kaumātua at Waipatu in Hawkes Bay, next to the eponymous marae. Her early career was spent working as a psychologist in public health settings. This work later expanded to include service and programme development, research and evaluation, teaching and presenting to international forums on indigenous issues.

Cheryl Davies

Cheryl Davies, Ko Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti WehiWehi, Ngāti Mutunga o te Wharekauri oku iwi, has managed the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust – the first Māori asthma society in New Zealand – for over 30 years. Cheryl has worked alongside the University of Otago on a number of key research studies involving Māori communities over the past 23 years.

Date Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentPublic Health (Wellington)
LocationAdam Auditorium, City Gallery, Te Ngakau Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington
Contact NameLibby Grant
Contact Phone+64 27 221 9354

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